Sunday, April 20, 2014
You Would Have To Say Government Seems Pretty Awful At Doing Technology. Victoria Seems To Lead The Way!
This appeared today.
Date April 20, 2014
After $180 million in taxpayer funds and years of political angst, the most bungled computer system to hit Victorian schools has finally been switched off.
The state government has confirmed the IT experiment known as the Ultranet has officially ceased, ending one of the most controversial projects ever rolled out in public education.
The software was intended to transform the way students learn by providing parents with information about their child's lesson plans, giving teachers a place to collaborate and share their curriculum, and allowing students to set personal goals and get feedback online.
Instead, it was plagued with tender problems, blew out by three times its original budget, and ultimately proved so clunky only 4 per cent of the intended 1.5 million teachers, parents and students decided to use it.
It is not the only technology disaster to cost Victorian taxpayers millions of dollars over the years. The myki ticketing system was more than three years late and $350 million over budget. The HealthSMART program, which was meant to ''revolutionise'' the way hospitals dealt with patients, and the LINK police database were also plagued with problems and cost blowouts of $140 million and $100 million respectively.
And in the education portfolio yet again, a student administration program for TAFEs to keep records of their enrolments and finances came under the spotlight last year after blowing out from $66.9 million to almost $100 million within four years.
Full article here:
What a fantastic collection of failures! Some one really needs to tell them to stop trying the way they presently are!
I wonder will we see the PCEHR as a national example in a year or two’s time. These sort of projects seem to be very hard to bale (or is it bail) out of!
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Sunday, April 20, 2014